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Old 06-29-2010, 11:14 PM   #21
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Hahaha, the draw of big oil is strong... you really got me thinking hard, Ed! I really appreciate the response.

As I still have 2 semesters to finish, maybe I'll spend that time trying to land an EIT position with Imperial Oil (Canada's Exxon) or someplace similar.

All the experience I have with design consulting would be great leverage to land a future job in that industry, should I need a fall-back.

I am inspired to give it a go! Anything to help fund RE, after all.

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Old 06-30-2010, 09:07 PM   #22
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It's fine to set your sights on ER. However, my advice is do not underestimate the value in having a job that you like/love. We should all be so lucky. Working at a job that is only marginally satisfying/enjoyable will only make you miserable and yearn for ER all the more.

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Old 07-01-2010, 11:15 AM   #23
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boy I remember being in your shoes. I had similar thoughts and ambitions. I graduated with my engineering degree in 05 and had all the thoughts of saving money for FIRE. I took an oil feild job with a service company and traveled, a lot! Nothing overseas, but a lot around the rockies and the gulf. I burned out quick at that and put in a lot of hours.

Then I thought consulting would be great- took a job with a fast growing firm catering to the environmental aspects of petroleum production and refining. Hated it. Somebody said it well, consulting is an end, not a begining.

Then I tried to get on with a big oil company, had a few interviews, nothing concrete, but ended up with I guess you could call it "big mining". Although my projects can be dull and boring at times, the pay is there, the benefits are great, the training and support for personal development is fantastic, and the work is steady. I manage consultants everyday and I work with people my age that are in the same postition I was in with consulting. I wouldn't go back- well perhaps after I am a veteran of the industry with a lot more experience under my belt.

I say go big oil and you can always shift to consulting from there.

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